"I have relationships with people".
"Who knows where it leads?" he told reporters on Wednesday after discussing the talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a long-time advocate of dialogue with Pyongyang and whose capital Seoul could be devastated in any major conflict.
He said he probably has "very good relations" with Kim, stressing that he does indeed have "relationships with people".
Trump has derided the North Korean leader as a "maniac" and referred to him as "little rocket man". In his New Year's address last week, Kim said he has a "nuclear button" that could fire weapons anywhere in the United States, and Trump responded that he has a much bigger and more powerful "nuclear button".
Washington seems to have turned to a more open stance with Pyongyang according to the most recent comment from U.S. President Donald Trump.
The images, taken on December 28, 2017 and revealed on Thursday by US-based website 38North, show that significant tunnel excavation activities were being carried out in the so-called Western Portal in Punggye-ri, in northeastern North Korea, Efe news reported.
However, Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, said China's attitude might change if North Korea launched a nuclear-tipped ICBM into the Pacific Ocean or fired missiles toward Guam.
In the Journal interview, Trump suggested his combative tweets are part of a broader strategy. "He's been advised by a lot of agencies and departments of the damage it would cause and the number of victims", the official said.
Kim has warned the United States that he intends to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting the United States, prompting threats of military action by Washington. Later, he said that attempts to talk to Kim is a waste of time, but now he is saying that he would be willing to chat with the North Korean leader on the phone.